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Match fixing latest: Liverpool v Debrecen alleged to be rigged, by Danish newspaper

Was this the rigged Champions League game Danish paper claim Liverpool clash with Debrecen part of match-fixing scandal

By
Rik Sharma

PUBLISHED:

21:20 GMT, 4 February 2013

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UPDATED:

21:38 GMT, 4 February 2013

Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet has claimed the Champions League game in England allegedly involving match-fixing was Liverpool against Debrecen in 2009.

Their report places no suspicion on Liverpool whatsoever and instead claims Debrecen's Montenegrin goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic was ‘bribed to ensure the match ended with at least three goals’.

The clash was the first match of the group stage and took place at Anfield on September 16, with Liverpool beating their Hungarian opponents 1-0.

Winner: Dirk Kuyt scores the only goal of the game in the match alleged to be part of the scandal (Liverpool are not said to be involved in any match-fixing)

Winner: Dirk Kuyt scores the only goal of the game in the match alleged to be part of the scandal (Liverpool are not said to be involved in any match-fixing)

Boom: Goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic sees Kuyt's shot hit the back of the net

Boom: Goalkeeper Vukasin Poleksic sees Kuyt's shot hit the back of the net

In text messages obtained by police the people behind the alleged match-fixing were angry that Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard had not capitalised on some easy chances.

Later in the group stage Poleksic was allegedly bribed for a match against Fiorentina, which Debrecen lost 4-3.

The goalkeeper has already been banned for two years for failing to report being approached by fixers before the Fiorentina game.

His case was taken to the Court of Arbitration for Sport who rejected his appeal although conceded they could not prove the match result had been manipulated.

On Monday morning it was revealed European police agency Europol are investigating more than 380 suspicious matches in 15 countries, including a Champions League game played in England in the last three or four years.

Rob Wainwright, director of Europol – the European Union's law enforcement agency, told a news conference that the match which took place 'in the last three to four years' was one of 380 under investigation.

Europol said a total of 425 match officials, club officials, players, and serious criminals are suspected of being involved in attempts to fix matches.

When the news of the investigation broke on Monday, a spokesman for The Football Association said: 'The FA are not aware of any credible reports into suspicious Champions League fixtures in England, nor has any information been shared with us.

'While the Champions League comes under UEFA jurisdiction, The FA, alongside the Premier League, Football League and Conference, monitor markets for the top seven leagues and three major cup competitions in England and take matters of integrity in football extremely seriously.'

It is understood UEFA were similarly unaware of an investigation into an Champions League match in England.

A Europol spokesman said he was unable to comment when asked why neither the FA nor UEFA had been informed.

More to follow.

VIDEO: Dirk Kuyt's goal against Debrecen in the 1-0 win at Anfield

Mirko Vucinic says Juventus can beat Chelsea

We're not here for a draw! Juve striker Vucinic warns Chelsea of Italian ambitions

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UPDATED:

13:15 GMT, 18 September 2012

Mirko Vucinic claims Juventus are coming to London to take all three points from a Chelsea team that has weakened since last season.

The Montenegrin striker is part of a team who have gone 42 matches unbeaten in Serie A and he is confident they can beat the current European Champions on their own patch.

Roberto Di Matteo has lost Didier Drogba since his side's incredible triumph in Munich but has gained Eden Hazard, Victor Moses and Oscar amongst others.

Dangerman: Mirko Vucinic is out to beat the Blues

Dangerman: Mirko Vucinic is out to beat the Blues

Vucinic said: 'This is not the same Chelsea as last season because in the last few weeks they have failed in several matches and that increases our chances for Wednesday.

'Will we play for a draw Never! Our challenge is to win three points. We are the best team in Italy and it’s a matter of pride for the players.'

Vucinic said that as Italian title-winners Juventus must pressurise Chelsea.

'Stamford Bridge is not the best place for us to open the group but there exists no fear,' he said.

Get ready: Petr Cech could be in for a tough night

Get ready: Petr Cech could be in for a tough night

'We are the champions of Italy and that gives us a prestige we need to exploit. This is our return to the Champions League and very special.

'Chelsea are European champions and deserve our respect, but we go to London without fear and with a lot of confidence.'

Stevan Jovetic wanted by Chelsea

Chelsea ramp up bid to land 21m Fiorentina star Jovetic

Fiorentina are expecting a 21million bid from Chelsea for star forward Stevan Jovetic after admitting they could not resist an indecent proposal for the Montenegrin.

Insiders at the Italian club claim they rejected a lower bid of about 14m this winter and would still demand more for a player who recently signed a new five-year-contract in Florence.

Centre of attention: Chelsea are set to swoop for Fiorentina forward Jovetic

Centre of attention: Chelsea are set to swoop for Fiorentina forward Jovetic

Sportsmail revealed in October that Arsenal were also keen on the 22-year-old, nicknamed Jo-Jo, as Arsene Wenger assesses his attacking options.

Fiorentina seem convinced that Chelsea will not give up the chase and team manager Vincenzo Guerini admitted the Serie A club could not rule out a summer move.

'Our intention is to build the team around him, but today the word untransferable doesn't exist,' he said.

'If an indecent proposal were made, and it is possible that one will arrive, then we would take that into consideration. I'm sure that Jovetic will turn into a top player.'

On the move: The Italian club could be prepared to cash in on their star asset

On the move: The Italian club could be prepared to cash in on their star asset

Jovetic, who can play anywhere across the forward line, has long been on the radar of England's top clubs, particularly after scoring twice against Liverpool in the Champions League in 2009.

A serious knee ligament injury a year later stunted his progress, but he has bounced back to show terrific form this season, scoring 12 in 17 league starts.

Fears of a long-term weakness in his right knee have been calmed by scans in Germany this week, which showed new pain was unrelated and caused by a bruise picked up in training.

Jovetic's agent has tried to close down any talk of transfers until the end of the season, while the player himself insists he is very happy in Italy. But Fiorentina could yet be tempted to cash in.

Manchester City 0 Liverpool 1: Steven Gerrard penalty settles it

Manchester City 0 Liverpool 1: Advantage Reds as spot on Gerrard inflicts successive defeat on City

Manchester City slumped to their second home defeat in four days as Steven Gerrard's early penalty moved Liverpool to within 90 minutes of their first Wembley appearance since 1996.

Lacking key men, including skipper Vincent Kompany who sat forlornly in the stands as he began a four-match ban, and drained by the energy exerted at having to play for 78 minutes with 10 men against Manchester United at the weekend, City were a shadow of their usual selves.

It represented the first time they had lost back-to-back games at the Etihad Stadium since February 2008, before Sheikh Mansour began his billion pound quest to conquer the English game.

Captain fantastic: Steven Gerrard settled the match with a penalty early in the first half

Captain fantastic: Steven Gerrard settled the match with a penalty early in the first half

MATCH FACTS

Man City: Hart, Richards, Lescott, Savic, Clichy, Milner, Barry, De Jong (Kolarov 72), Johnson (Dzeko 66), Aguero, Balotelli (Nasri 39). Subs not used: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Hargreaves, Onuoha.

Booked: Nasri

Liverpool: Reina, Kelly, Skrtel, Agger, Johnson, Downing (Jose Enrique 59), Spearing (Adam 23), Henderson, Bellamy (Carragher 79), Gerrard, Carroll. Subs not used: Doni, Coates, Kuyt, Shelvey.

Scorer: Gerrard (pen) 13.

Booked: Carragher

Referee: Lee Mason.

The only consolation came from
knowing they could still reach a Carling Cup final against either
Crystal Palace or Cardiff if they can reverse this result in the second
leg at Anfield in a fortnight.

Little wonder Roberto Mancini was so keen to fight Kompany's suspension.

With Kolo Toure on African Nations
Cup duty with the Ivory Coast, it forced the City boss to pitch Stefan
Savic into the biggest game of his fledgling Blues career.

The Montenegrin was only 21 last week
and has started just one Barclays Premier League game for City since
joining from Partizan Belgrade in the summer.

It soon became clear he was in for a difficult evening.

That Andy Carroll was able to spin
away from him and race onto Stewart Downing's through-ball said
everything given the wretched time the Liverpool striker has had in his
12 months on Merseyside.

Returning keeper Joe Hart was equal
to the shot, just as he was when Gerrard went for the far corner a
couple of minutes later and Downing had an effort deflected towards the
same area of his goal.

Tumbling down: Daniel Agger was crudely hacked down by Stefan Savic in the area

Tumbling down: Daniel Agger was crudely hacked down by Stefan Savic in the area

Savic had another trick up his sleeve
though as Daniel Agger forced his way into the box from the corner. The
youngster panicked, attempted to clear when he was nowhere near
favourite to reach the ball and Agger bit the dust.

Referee Lee Mason awarded the spot-kick and Gerrard drove it past England team-mate Hart to put the visitors ahead.

That all this occurred inside the
opening 11 minutes emphasised the difficulties City were having, and no
one epitomised them more than Mario Balotelli.

Cool head: Despite Joe hart's best efforts, his England team-mate tucked it just out of reach

Cool head: Despite Joe hart's best efforts, his England team-mate tucked it just out of reach

An injury doubt beforehand, the
combustible Italian reacted in anger when Charlie Adam bundled him over,
then tapped him on the head as he ran away from the scene.

Balotelli belted the subsequent free-kick into the wall and then hobbled away for no discernable reason.

After a few more minutes of relative
inactivity, during which he let a straightforward pass roll out for a
throw-in and gave a free-kick as he tried to make amends, Mancini
decided he had seen enough.

Frustrations: Mario Balotelli was unable to impose himself at all, and was soon subbed off

Frustrations: Mario Balotelli was unable to impose himself at all, and was soon subbed off

Balotelli headed straight for the tunnel, bringing an end to another bizarre chapter in his career.

It was not until the last moments of
the half that City finally roused themselves, only for Samir Nasri to be
denied by Pepe Reina and James Milner to fire Micah Richards' cut-back
over.

And you: Liverpool's Jay Spearing was also off for an early bath after picking up an injury

And you: Liverpool's Jay Spearing was also off for an early bath after picking up an injury

On Sunday, City responded
magnificently to a far worse half-time scoreline and almost secured a
result that would stand alongside any in this stellar season.

But they needed the kind of lift Aleksandar Kolarov gave them against United with that magnificent free-kick.

Keeping it interesting: Joe Hart pulled off a couple of really impressive saves at 0-1

Keeping it interesting: Joe Hart pulled off a couple of really impressive saves at 0-1

This time around, they just encounter
frustration as Reina stayed on his feet long enough to prevent Aguero
getting a shot on target after the South American had spotted Martin
Kelly about to play a blind backpass.

Unusually poor in a heavy defeat on
the same ground eight days ago, Reina was also in the right place to
deny Richards' close-range header after the stand-in City skipper had
met Nasri's corner.

Preserved: At the other end, Pepe Reina was doing his bit to keep his team in the lead

Preserved: At the other end, Pepe Reina was doing his bit to keep his team in the lead

The disappointment was that instead
of going for the jugular, against opponents so lacking in verve compared
to their thrill-a-minute efforts earlier in the season, Liverpool grew
increasingly more negative.

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High hopes, but no result: Andy Carroll was another who did little to attract attention